MIAMI, FL— August 11, 2011 – A Delaware man and his 11-year-old son were hospitalized with severe injuries in Miami after they became involved in a violent boating accident less than ten miles south of Key Largo. According to information provided by the Key West Citizen, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are investigating what caused a 46-foot crewed charter boat to hit the father and son as they were swimming in the water, about to dive near Conch Reef.
Reports indicated 39-year-old Calvin Adkins chartered a boat from the Tavernier-based Florida Keys Dive Center and was about to go diving with his young son when the vessel’s propellers apparently struck them in the water around 9 a.m. According to FWC spokesman Bobby Dube, “They were both alive when they left here, but we heard that the son is not doing too well.” The charter vessel that hit them was called the Big Dipper.
Both of the boat accident victims were flown to Miami hospitals following the horrific incident. The father, who reportedly sustained serious injuries, was taken to Baptist Hospital for treatment, while the injured child was rushed to Miami Children’s Hospital. The 11-year-old, who suffered more serious injuries than his dad, reportedly underwent emergency surgery after the boat accident.
While the cause of the Florida boating accident remained unclear, investigations are underway.
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